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Search Results: Access to Capital
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Enhancing Local Workforce Development and Building for the Future
Automation, shifting demographics, COVID-19 and increased tele-work opportunities are reshaping the workforce landscape amid shifting industry needs. Counties, through local and regional partnerships and workforce development boards, are working...
The State Small Business Credit Initiative: An Opportunity to Grow Employee Ownership?
Could Federal Reserve dollars from the American Rescue Plan be used to support employee ownership? If capital were to flow in larger amounts to employee ownership, where should it flow? To what industries? How much capital could actually be...
A Strategic Plan for Economic Recovery and Resiliency in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Region
Albuquerque Economic Development has embraced the critical need for developing a strategy not only to drive recovery in the region, but to ensure that it does not again find itself left behind as it was following the Great Recession. The 2021...
CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Financing Food Systems Through FinTech
In this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we explored how tech innovations are increasing access to financing for food-related businesses and projects, and how finance is supporting the integration of new technology in...
Seeding Climate Resilience Through Equitable InvestmentMembers only Login
In this publication, the Center for Community Investment uses six case studies of successful climate resilience investments to surface a set of common strategies that take aim at the systems underlying the inequitable distribution of risk. Together,...
Key Factors and Strategies for Urban and Rural CommunitiesMembers only Login
Through data analysis supported by stakeholder interviews and case studies, this research from the National League of Cities identifies factors that support local engagement in regional economies, how these factors vary for urban and rural places,...
Federal Brownfields Tax Incentive: Case Studies and ImpactsMembers only Login
The federal Brownfields Tax Incentive was established by Congress in 1997 and was in place for 14 years but was not renewed by Congress in 2012. The report sponsors are concerned that there was insufficient information about the outstanding success...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Rural Broadband & Telehealth Financing Members only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, experts explain how rural communities can embrace the challenges of financing high-speed internet for the economic and societal gains provided by broadband.
USDA Resource Guide for Rural Workforce DevelopmentMembers only Login
This guide was created by the USDA in 2021 for community leaders and other local entities. The guide highlights four key assistance types necessary to building a stronger rural workforce: 1) Workforce development planning; 2) Infrastructure and...
"Housing Is Health Care": The Impact of Supportive Housing on the Costs of Chronic Mental IllnessMembers only Login
This study examines how housing and in-home supports affect public spending on individuals with chronic mental illness in Maricopa County, Arizona. It does so through a comparative analysis of average costs per person per year across three housing...
CDFA's Public Comments on the Treasury Department's Notice and Request for Information on SSBCI
The Council of Development Finance Agencies and its SSBCI Coalition provided comments in response to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Notice and Request for Information — State Small Business Credit Initiative (RFI) on June 1, 2021. Detailed...
Entrepreneur-Led Economic Development: A New Strategy for Generating Local Growth and ProductivityMembers only Login
This report outlines a comprehensive approach, which is called “entrepreneur-led economic development”. The goal is to create feedback loops between entrepreneurial leaders and other local decision-makers and to cultivate networks that connect...
Impact in Place: Emerging Sources of Community Investment Capital and Strategies to Direct It at ScaleMembers only Login
Recognizing the urgency of the pandemic and related crises, on June 7, 2021, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York approached the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance to write a report about the current landscape of capital sources for community investment...
USDA Expands Access to Capital for Very Small Rural BusinessesMembers only Login
The USDA Rural Development published a final rule outlining changes to the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) on June 7, 2021. The program provides loans and grants to microenterprise development organizations to help them establish...
SSBCI Fact Sheet for Tribal GovernmentsMembers only Login
This SSBCI fact sheet for Tribal Governments was created by the Department of the Treasury in May 2021. SSBCI will allocate at least $500 million to Tribal governments. A Notice of Intent to apply for SSBCI funds from Tribal governments is due July...
Tribal Colleges and Universities White PaperMembers only Login
This paper considers the role of TCUs and in particular the role of TCU curriculum in business development and entrepreneurship in tribal areas. We utilize existing data on TCU curriculum and tribal area characteristics and consider whether and to...
Notice and Request for Information - SSBCIMembers only Login
Treasury invites the public to comment on the SSBCI program design and implementation in order to support new and existing small businesses. Responses may be used by Treasury to assist in developing program design and guidance. Responses may also be...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Preserving Local Economies with Energy & Water FinanceMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, presenters discussed how energy and water finance programs can be positioned to meet community infrastructure needs and support efficient resource use while also...
SSBCI 2.0 Preliminary Allocation Table
This table identifies the funds allocated to states, territories, and the District of Columbia pursuant to the American Rescue Plan's 2021 updates to the State Small Business Credit Initiative. The table has been updated to provide additional...
American Rescue Plan Resurrects SSBCI - A Key Small-Business Financing ProgramMembers only Login
This blog post from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis discusses changes to the newly reauthorized State Small Business Credit Initiative, including funding targeted to businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic PlanMembers only Login
The Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic Plan provides broad recommendations are coupled with specific, actionable strategies. The implementation of this plan is critical to achieving greater agricultural and natural resource resiliency,...
American Rescue Plan Act - Local Relief Frequently Asked QuestionsMembers only Login
After the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, it guaranteed direct relief to all 19,000 cities, towns, and villages in the United States. NLC has identified frequently asked questions about the...
Idaho Collateral Support Program - Summary Report as of April 30, 2021Members only Login
The Idaho Collateral Support Program (CSP) provides qualified small businesses with additional loan collateral necessary for a lender to grant the loan. The CSP was funded through the federal State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program....
CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Financing Food-Centered Redevelopment
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we explored how investing in food-centered redevelopment can restore local food systems infrastructure, catalyze additional neighborhood development, and protect healthy,...
One Year into the Pandemic: New Evidence on How Small Businesses are Faring
The Urban Institute hosted this discussion about how small businesses are faring one year after the start of widespread economic shutdowns due to the pandemic. The webinar explored the disconnect between the fall in business activity and revenues,...
National SSBCI 2.0 Call - March 26, 2021
SSBCI was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. CDFA hosted this National SSBCI 2.0 Call serving as an interface between Treasury and stakeholders during the rulemaking process. On March 26, 2021, we discussed insights and...
CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series: Financing Disaster Resiliency in Rural Communities
During the first installment of the CDFA Rural Development Finance Webinar Series, hear about a new technical assistance program from CDFA designed to support rural communities that have recently experienced a natural disaster. Experts discussed the...
Vermont Agriculture and Food Systems Strategic Plan 2021-2030Members only Login
The Plan estimates that additional public and philanthropic investment is needed over the next ten years: approximately $9.7 million in one-time funding and $23.3 million in recurring funding. This level of funding will ensure sufficient land access...
Food Forward NYC: A 10-Year Food Policy PlanMembers only Login
Food Forward NYC is the City’s first ever 10-year food policy plan, laying out an ambitious interagency policy framework to reach a more equitable, sustainable, and healthy food system by 2031. The success of this plan depends on the partnership of...
National SSBCI 2.0 Call - March 11, 2021
SSBCI was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. CDFA hosted this National SSBCI 2.0 Call with interested stakeholders on March 11, 2021, to discuss SSBCI 2.0. We discussed key SSBCI 2.0 questions and timelines. We also...
Revolving Loan Fund De-federalization – Implementation of the RLF ActMembers only Login
This presentation from the EDA discusses Revolving Loan Fund de-federalization and implementation of the RLF Act passed in late 2020.
Opportunity Zone Investment Guide - City of Winooski, VermontMembers only Login
This is an Opportunity Zone Investment Guide for the City of Winooski, Vermont.
Opportunity Zones Prospectus - Brattleboro, VermontMembers only Login
This is an Opportunity Zones prospectus for Brattleboro, Vermont. It was authored in partnership with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation.
Opportunity Zone Prospectus - Lyndon, VermontMembers only Login
This is an Opportunity Zone Prospectus for the city of Lyndon, Vermont.
Opportunity Zone Prospectus - Newport, VermontMembers only Login
This is an Opportunity Zone Prospectus for Newport, Vermont.
Community Serving Infrastructure: A Playbook for a New Infrastructure PartnershipMembers only Login
The New Partnership on Infrastructure seeks to advance national policies driven by local innovation, with cities serving as testbeds for experimentation and transferable solutions. This document champions that idea. It is a summation of local...
Legislative Briefing - February 2021
This CDFA Legislative Briefing took place on February 17, 2021. Topics discussed included re-introducing the Modernizing Agricultural and Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA) and the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) along with the latest...
State Small Business Credit Initiative - Interactive Tool
This interactive data tool from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shows total SSBCI investments, percent of investments in LMI and rural areas, investments by MSA, investments by loan programs, CDFIs, and more.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Restoring the Hospitality IndustryMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we explored the landscape of the hospitality industry (large and small) and what is being done to ensure the industry may stay afloat.
Relief for HUD Section 108 Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19
The following questions and answers document describes actions that can be taken by HUD and communities to assist Section 108 business borrowers experiencing economic distress as a result of coronavirus.
CDFA-EDA Revolving Loan Fund Best Practices Handbook
Throughout the CDFA EDA RLF Best Practices Program, several common characteristics emerged from high performing RLFs. The best practices outlined in this guide synthesize these exceptional traits and address the strategies employed by successful EDA...
SSBCI: Implementation and Funding IssuesMembers only Login
This CRS report examines the SSBCI program and its implementation, including Treasury’s response to initial program audits conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and Treasury’s Office of Inspector General. These initial audits...
Tactical Guide: Inclusive Small Business Support Strategies
This tactical guide is designed to help city economic development leaders support minority- and women-owned (MWBE) and low-to-moderate income (LMI) small businesses in their communities by providing case-tested programs and strategies that can be...
New JobsOhio Grant Program Supports QED’s New R&D Center
Quality Electrodynamics (QED) turned to JobsOhio for support in creating a research and development (R&D) center for collaboration and innovation. This case study examines how the JobsOhio Research & Development Grant Program was able to assist QED.
Leveraging Development Finance Tools to Attract Opportunity Zone Investment
This guide, authored by CDFA and Skeo, provides an overview of various development finance tools and suggestions for how communities could use these tools to finance projects in Opportunity Zones. Each section includes additional resources to learn...
Private Capital Public Good - Leveraging Impact Investing to Support a Just & Equitable Recovery
This policy paper from the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance outlines 12 specific policy recommendations and ideas with the potential to catalyze more impact investments to help address urgent social, economic, and environmental challenges.
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